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with a palestinian civilian death toll rising as israel seeks to wipe out militants. paula broadwell finally returns home as congress digs deeper into david petraeus's testimony. >> this is "early today" for monday, november 19th, 2012. a very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. it is a historic day for president obama and for the people of myanmar, as it transitions towards democracy. during the first visit by a sitting u.s. president, mr. obama pledged that the u.s. will be friends with any nation that respects its people's rights and international law. nbc political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. the president was only here on the ground for 12 hours, the first american president to visit myanmar, the country
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formerly known as burma. he was greeted by a sea of locals. some of it was spontaneous, some very organized. school-aged children in school uniforms waved the american flag and the myanmar flag. the president met with the official leadership here, played tourist, visiting a famous buddhist attraction here, a 2,000-year-old temple. he also went to aung san suu kyi's house, democracy activist who was under house arrest here in this country for years. the president went to her house, had a few words with her. but the centerpiece of his visit was a speech at yangon university where he laid out the case for why he's here, why he thinks myanmar can still be a thriving democracy. he used a little bit of the evolution of the american democratic story as motivation. here is a little bit of that. >> i stand before you today, the
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president of the most powerful nation on earth, but recognizing that once the color of my skin would have denied me the right to vote. and so that should give you some sense that if our country can transcend its differences, then yours can, too. every human being within these borders is a part of your nation's story. >> reporter: the president also came with $170 million in aid for this country. more will come if they have more democratic reforms. >> chuck todd in myanmar. chuck, thank you so much. and now but turn to the middle east with talks scheduled in egypt on a possible cease fire. but hamas militants in gaza are still firing rockets into israel, and the palestinian death toll from israeli attacks increases. nbc's stephanie gosk is live this morning in tel aviv for us. stephanie, what can you tell us? >> good morning, veronica.
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the violence has been intense over the last 24 hours. no sign of it letting up, even as those talks are on going in cairo. so far today, 40 rockets have been launched out of gaza into israel. 33 have fallen. there are no injuries even though two of the rockets, one hit a school and one hit a house, damaging it significantly. the same can't be said on the gaza side. you know, this effort began with the israeli defense forces hitting things like storage facilities and rocket launchers. they've expanded that operation to include the homes of hamas leaders. that has led to a number of civilian casualties, both today and the worst attack on sunday that killed 12 people in one building, a two-story building. ten people from the same family. here in israel, the leadership is saying they will not strike a ceasefire deal until the rockets stop coming out of gaza. veronica? >> stephanie, thank you so much.
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lawmakers are turning the heat on the obama administration about what officials knew and when regarding the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans, including ambassador chris stevens. on sunday, lawmakers called on u.n. ambassador susan rice to testify before congress on her remarks after the attack. at issue are rice's talking points and why a final draft was changed to down play the role of terrorists, a fact supported by friday's closed door testimony of former cia director david petraeus. republicans portrayed rice as a pawn of the president's election year agenda. >> the story she told reinforced the political narrative helpful to the president. i don't know what she knew, but i know the story she told was misleading. >> we are going to find out who made changes in the original statement. until we do, i really think it's unwarranted to make accusations. >> the administration denies any claims of white house interference. meanwhile, paula broadwell,
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the north carolina woman at the center of the scandal that led to petraeus's resignation, returned home for the first time since word of the affair broke along with her husband and two children. neither would take questions from reporters as they carried groceries inside. later, around a dozen neighbors and friends showed up, some carrying food. a family acquaintance said broadwell was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. and now for a look at your weather as we kick off this thanksgiving week, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. i'm just going to guess. west coast is going to be gorgeous? >> not all of it. some of it looks really nasty, we're trying to make up for the dry period we had through september and october. we're getting drenched this morning in mayor yas of the northwest. pretty much from i-5 northward. just an impressive slug of moisture especially between portland and seattle. high wind warnings at the coast, the higher elevations and the cascades. temperatures are pretty warm.
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the snow levels are well up there, in most cases above the passes. this is just an impressive feat of moisture. when you see the dark greens, yellows and oranges, you know you'll get heavy rain. our computers are estimating this area of maroon here, talking in the next 48 hours, five to six inches of rain possible from an area, almost all the oregon coastline heading south of puget sound. that's going to cause flooding concerns. there's potential on some of the rivers. we'll watch that in the next two days. snow mostly in the northern portions of the cascades and also as we head toward the northern rockies, glacier national park. that's about it. the way the flow is, it's more of a pacific air mass. it's not going to kick through and bring the cooler air with it. that's the way the setup looks. as far as the forecast goes, the heavy rain will be from northern california north ward, especially between portland and seattle. we stay dry as high
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southern california. bearer of bad news, probably the worst travel weather this week will be found in the northwest. >> some people will be having a white thanksgiving. >> only in thighest of elevations. most people are all right. >> good if you want to go skiing. shopping scams you can avoid. anyone born after 1985 has never experienced this chilly weather trend. plus vice president joe biden hits the jersey shore ahead of thanksgiving. we'll have details next. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today." here are some stories making news this afternoon. vice president joe biden visited
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parts of new jersey that suffered the worst devastation from superstorm sandy. biden said he spent summers on the jersey shore as a boy and promises residents that the federal government will not abandon them. new york city officials say they plan to demolish hundreds of buildings damaged beyond repair by sandy. the building department says about 200 homes were wrecked by the storm. about 500 others are being checked to see how bad the damage is. a space capsule made a rare nighttime landing in kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts, including an american after a four-month voyage to the international space station. the national oceanic and atmospheric administration says october was the 332nd month with an above average surface temperature. to put that into perspective, anyone ages 27 and below, including lindsay lohan and olympic great michael phelps, has never lived through a month that saw global temperatures dip below average. and a rare sight as a
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massive waterspout formed off the coast of southern australia sunday. one meteorologist described it as the most well-formed and intense one that he has ever seen. and now over to wall street. dow opens this week at 12,588 after gaining 45 friday. the s&p was up six. the nasdaq added 16. markets overseas also saw a boost. the nikkei climbed 129 points while the hang seng rose 103. it is a holiday shortened week on wall street. u.s. markets are closed thursday and trading ends early friday. today, investors will get fresh housing data. lowe's reported a 70% surge thanks in part to sandy-related purchasing. middle east tensions also on the radar. oil features up a dollar overnight to just under $88 a barrel. good news for drivers planning to hit the road this holiday.
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prices at the pump are seven cents lower than two weeks ago, around $3.47 a gallon. this morning, hostess executives head to bankruptcy court for the first time since announcing plans to liquidate. bidding has yet to begin from interested buyers, but for now, devoted fans can stock up on e-bay where twinkies are going for a whopping $15 a box. vrnlths ahead of the holiday shopping season, the average american's credit card debit was $4,996, up 4.9% over last year. meanwhile, as some customers are already lining up for black friday deals, nearly 1/3 of americans think a post-thanksgiving shopping rush is starting too soon this year with some stores opening their doors at 8:00 p.m. meanwhile, new data reveals that pinterest is the most powerful social tool driving holiday spending. the average pinner spends about $80, twice as much as facebook shoppers. "the new york post" reports flood waters from sandy damaged a 10,000 square foot underground fault in manhattan filled with
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bearer bonds, which are just as good as cash and could be worth an estimated $70 billion. but there is still hope for your own fortune. the 42-state powerball jackpot is, get this, now up to $250 million. so go grab those tickets. some nfl upsets and a sprint cup champion. plus, the texas landscape is changing right before your eyes. that's coming up next. you're watching "early today."
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other stories making news across america now. 300 pounds of dynamite and explosives reduced a dallas building to rubble. it only took 12 seconds for the thomas building to vanish from where it stood for 88 years. pro-palestinian and pro-israel demonstrators clashed in the streets of l.a. outside the federal building. once officers regained order, both rallies continued on opposite sides of the street. an arizona gun shop owner is holding a post election grudge against obama supporters. he doesn't want your business if you voted for president obama. according to reynolds, obama backers have proven they are not responsible enough to own a firearm. reynolds has not said how he plans to enforce this policy.
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now to sports. we start with sunday night football. baltimore's jacoby jones ran a punt back 63 yards for a touchdown, which gave the ravens an early first half lead over pittsburgh, and the ravens made that lead hold up and completed a 13-10 win over the steelers. in overtime, houston's andre johnson caught a screen pass and went 48 yards for the winning touchdown, and the texans beat jacksonville 43-37. elsewhere, new england tied a franchise scoring record with a 59-24 win over indy. and dallas came from behind and in overtime beat cleveland 23-20. >> in college football, unbeaten notre dame jumps to number one in the bcs rankings. alabama is in second place followed by georgia in third and ohio state in number four. after losing on saturday, oregon dropped to number five. at the track in homestead, florida, brad keselowski wrapped up his first championship to win sprint cup trophy of nascar. just ahead, "breaking dawn part 2" breaks the bank. chris christie yucks it up.
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and justin bieber has a good and bad weekend. plus, they say one man's trash is another man's treasure in. this case, that saying has never been more true. you're watching "early today."
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good monday morning. welcome back to "early today," a very impressive storm with high winds on the oregon coastline is pushing onshore and drenching the region right now. we expect wind gusts in the 80 to 100-mile-per-hour range in
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the windy spots of the oregon coastline. again, the heavier rain threat will cause flash flooding issues over the next 24 to 48 hours and also, of course, the river rises, too. as far as the forecast goes today, you get a line somewhere south of medford here. we're going to be dry. north of there is where all the stormy weather will be. it's kind of focused in the same location today. not really moving much. the front is stalled out. it's not going to improve much any time soon. as we go into tomorrow, temperatures remain the same. we're not really changing the air mass. we won't see the cold front moving through. but lit become a little more showery in nature. some areas could pick up four to six inches of rain. it looks like the showery weather continues and another storm, very ron karks comes in on wednesday right before thanksgiving. >> say it isn't so. that's not good news. thanks, bill. "twilight" ruled the box office one last time. "breaking dawn part 2," the fifth and final film in the vampire saga debuted with a whopping $141 million, making the film the eighth highest opening of all time. "skyfall" came in at number two
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with a strong $41 million. "lincoln" ranked third with a better than expected $21 million. what do you think about this one? >> i think it's good. it's a long movie. >> did you see it? >> i did not. but it's long. have to take a nap beforehand. the bieber-gomez breakup saga continued this weekend. the two were spotted together at a japanese restaurant. the dinner date didn't last long, however, as bieber and gomez stormed out of the joint just ten minutes later. weren't they broken up? what happened? >> this is how it goes. that's the drama. we've got to continue the story. >> bieber apparently afterwards followed her back to her house and she didn't let him in. >> good for her. >> yes, we applaud you. stand up for yourself, sister. >> don't feel too bad for him, however. he had a fantastic night at the amas. the 18-year-old took home top prizes, including artist of the year, favorite pop rock male artist, and some other big winners were nicki minaj.
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carly ray jep son. congratulations. this weekend's "saturday night live" finally asked governor chris psychiatrist cris stay about that famous fleece. >> yeah, it's basically fused to my skin at this point. >> i have seen you wearing a suit. >> yeah, but i wear them over the fleece. i'm going to die in this fleece. but that's okay, it's a good fleece. >> it is a good fleece. >> stop saying things i've already said. >> all right, okay! >> we all have a good fleece. i have at least two. >> where is it? you're supposed to be wearing it. >> if i had my name on it, embroidered like the governor did, i could wear it every day. make my wardrobe easy. a generous donor decided to get rid of a famous painter's artwork in a surprising place. a salvador dali was spotted in a good will store.
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an employee spotted it and it is now up for auction on the good will's website. the auction ends tonight and as of sunday, the bidding reached over $18,000. i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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well, ready or not, it is christmas season in austria. vienna's annual christmas market officially opened with the lighting of a 100-foot-tall
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120-year-old tree. visitors from across the globe visit the market each year to soak up the festive atmosphere with food and drink. the traditional market dates back to the middle ages and remains open until christmas eve. in the philippines, who knew that strutting your stuff could be so wobbly? men and women alike took part in a stiletto race to see who could cross the finish line in one piece. what do you think, bill? >> boy, those are horrible shorts. >> paramedics were close by as runners hobbled along in at least three-inch heels for the event. many stumbled, some fell, as you could see, but both men and women agreed that running in heels was definitely not a glamorous task. one chinese pup is really at the head of his class. a chinese man claims that his dachshund can actually do math. when his owner asked her to
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divide nine by three, he responded by barking three times. while he says he can add, multiply, subject, and divide, he says it's a reaction to other signals. >> they're saying the dog is cheating? >> i think the dog is cheating. >> maybe a sign, cosign and tangent. it is time now for an early look at some of the stories we're going to follow throughout the day on nbc. first lady michelle obama will host an awards ceremony honoring some of the nation's artistic youth. mrs. obama is the honorary chair of the president's committee on the arts and humanities. she will speak about the importance of after school programs and out of school arts and humanities education. talks are set to resume today between the locked out national hockey league and the players union in new york city. it's the first meeting for the two sides in two weeks. and we want to wish a very happy birthday to our own ann curry. she turns 56 years young today. happy birthday. all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. tonight, be sure to watch brian
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williams with "nbc nightly news." here's a look at what's coming up later on the "today" show. in a today exclusive, hear from a veteran filing a lawsuit in last week's texas train accident that claimed the lives of four of his fellow veterans. and a week of thanksgiving concerts kicks off this morning with flo rida. keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather sports and much more. i'm veronica de la cruz. thank you so much for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. have a terrific monday.
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